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11:00 PM ET, July 11, 2018


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Amy Brittain / Washington Post:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request  —  WASHINGTON — Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee …
Joe Manchin: Brett Kavanaugh “has all the right qualities”  —  Red state Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who will cast a key vote during Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process, said on Talkline Communications radio Wednesday that Kavanaugh “has all the right qualities” …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lauded late Chief Justice Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe vs. Wade and supporting school prayer … Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist …
Washington Post:
The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh  —  The Chevy Chase Lounge is a neighborhood joint where bartender Tim Higgins is accustomed to bantering with long-standing patrons, including a middle-aged guy named Brett who likes to pop in for a Budweiser and a burger after coaching his daughters' basketball games.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CityLab
Washington Post:
In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Politico, Bustle and HuffPost
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:   What men are trying to say when they show off their Female Relationship Résumé
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
When Trump attacked Germany in Brussels, his aides pursed their lips and glanced away  —  President Trump kicked off his trip to Europe with a biting critique of the United States' longtime allies, declaring at a breakfast meeting that Germany “is captive to Russia.”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bull: 1, China Shop: 0  —  Get out the fainting couches!  President Trump is in Europe, and once again he is saying the unsayable.  The occasion is the NATO summit that began today in Brussels.  Trump fired an opening salvo that included two themes, as reported by Bloomberg.
Heather Hurlburt / New York Magazine:
There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign-Policy Mess Trump Is Making  —  Too much coverage in the run-up to this week's NATO Summit treated the conflict between President Trump and European leaders like a four-alarm fire - as if maybe it could be put out.  Or at least tamped down to a smolder, so that maybe Moscow wouldn't notice.
Tom McTague / Politico:
Why Trump has few friends in Europe
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Washington Post:
‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?
Annie Karni / Politico:   Bannon hosts Europopulists in London ahead of Trump's visit
Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council …
Discussion: New York Times
Wife of top Trump aide had radio show where she said women in military should expect sexual harassment  —  (CNN)Darla Shine, the wife of new White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, hosted a radio show in the late 2000s where she once mocked victims of sexual harassment …
Pew Research Center:
Obama Tops Public's List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan  —  Reagan is top choice among Boomers, Silents  —  When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke to report huge $10.4 million fundraising haul in second quarter of 2018  —  Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, says he raised a stunning $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2018. … Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke's torrid fundraising leaves Ted Cruz in the dust, with another $10 million in last 3 months  —  WASHINGTON — Democrat Beto O'Rourke raised an eye-popping $10.4 million in the last three months — catching up to Sen. Ted Cruz's six-year haul in just over 15 months as he seeks to topple the Republican darling.
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Judge to Manafort: Don't Worry, the Jail You're Going to Knows How to Handle Terrorists, Traitors and Spies  —  The legal saga of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort took another turn Wednesday as Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis has denied his bid to stay put at the jail he is currently residing at.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:   Robert Mueller files request for another 100 blank subpoenas in Paul Manafort case
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Manafort to be moved from jail where prosecutors say he has ‘VIP’ treatment
Discussion: Washingtonian
Drew Wilson / Florida Politics:
Vern Buchanan bought yacht after voting for House version of GOP tax bill  —  A recently filed financial disclosure shows U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan celebrated passing the House version of the Republican tax bill in quite the lavish way.  —  According to the disclosure, Buchanan spent between $1 million …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe.My.God.
VICE News:
Trump administration separated a 3-year-old from his father who crossed the border legally  —  ELOY, Arizona — Two days after asking for asylum at the bridge connecting Reynosa, Mexico, with McAllen, Texas, Jose was sitting in a freezing-cold holding room with his 3-year-old son, when immigration officials came in.
Discussion: Splinter and CNN
New York Times:
Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers  —  Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' followers on Thursday, signaling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular but embattled platform.  —  The reform takes aim at a pervasive form of social media fraud.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
After Backlash, Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Doesn't Appear on Bill O'Reilly's Show  —  Pirro had been scheduled to appear on the former Fox News host's digital show Tuesday night.  —  Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who now runs an eponymous website and hosts a daily online news show …
Tom Burgis / Financial Times:
Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper  —  One October day in 2007, a celebrity real estate developer in a greatcoat and powder-blue tie alighted from a stretch limousine in Toronto's financial district.  Before a bank of photographers, he took hold of a golden shovel.
Washington Post:
Woman arrested in assault of 91-year-old Mexican man who was told to ‘go back to your country’  —  The Fourth of July fireworks display was just beginning when Erik Mendoza realized that his 91-year-old grandfather was missing.  Thinking he might have gone for his daily walk …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Once partners, ‘Game Change’ authors feuding over their shattered franchise  —  Until their split last year, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were the golden boys of American political journalism.  Their collaboration led to a best-selling book about the 2008 presidential campaign, “Game Change …
Matt Steecker / Press & Sun-Bulletin:
‘You call the police’: Man who took Tom Reed sign charged after GPS tracks him down  —  A leader of a group that regularly protests against U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been charged with petit larceny after being accused of stealing campaign signs.  —  Following the disappearance of campaign signs …
Meet The Man — And Propaganda Machine — Behind Trump's Latest Pardon  —  How Forrest Lucas — the little-known millionaire whose company name is plastered on the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts — wields power, propaganda, and even Sharon Stone to protect Big Agriculture.
Discussion: Trent Loos and Hit & Run
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Walmart's Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns  —  “The sound sensors can capture audio data based on interactions between the employee and the guests, interactions between the guests, and sounds resulting from movement and/or actions of the employees and/or guests.”
Discussion: Splinter
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges …
Los Angeles Times:
Papa John's founder reportedly used racial slur in conference call  —  A media agency working with Papa John's International Inc. decided to cut ties after the pizza maker's founder and chairman, John Schnatter, allegedly used a racial slur and graphic descriptions of violence against minorities …
Discussion: Forbes, Daily Kos, NBC News and TheBlaze
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
House GOP appropriators block funding for gun violence research  —  House Republican appropriators Wednesday rejected a proposal to designate millions of dollars for the CDC for gun violence research, voting 32-20 to keep the language out of a fiscal 2019 spending bill.
Discussion: Axios
Sohrab Ahmari / Commentary Magazine:
German Wobbliness on Russia Is Real  —  And it long predates Trump.  —  The latest NATO summit got underway in Brussels this week, and President Trump brought all of his signature rhetorical subtlety to the Belgian capital.  Off the bat at a meeting Wednesday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg …
Former Obama Officials Are Riding Out The Trump Years By Cashing In  —  The revolving door takes a spin.  —  The last 18 months have been difficult for former members of the Obama administration.  They've been replaced by a regime, which, in the words of former Domestic Policy Council …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
‘Ranting and raving’: The time Kavanaugh knocked Chris Ruddy  —  Records from Kenneth Starr's office suggest Kavanaugh didn't think much of Ruddy, who has become one of Trump's top surrogates.  —  Two decades ago, as Brett Kavanaugh labored on independent counsel Ken Starr's team …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
$111 Billion in Tax Cuts for the Top 1 Percent
Discussion: Washington Post, ITEP and CNN
Financial Times:
Ex-Cambridge Analytica staff launch venture using same techniques
Discussion: Boing Boing
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Tickets for Sean Spicer book launch party going for up to $1,000
Discussion: Mediaite
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
‘Approved by Donald Trump’: Asbestos sold by Russian company is branded with the president's face
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Trump's Trickle-Down Transgressions
Tunku Varadarajan / Politico:
Croatia one step away from making history
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Senate sends Trump a warning shot on tariffs
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Kushner's Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
VP Pence tears into McCaskill, shrugs off disruptions at KC event
Discussion: Bustle and The Daily Caller
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Health Care Blunder Reveals Michigan Candidate for Governor's “Progressive” Branding is False Advertising
Agence France-Presse:
Sale of guillotine divides France
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
David Corn / Mother Jones:
While America Sleeps: Trump's Treachery and the Russia Scandal
The Professor At The Center Of The Trump-Russia Probe Was A No-Show In Court
Daniella Greenbaum / Weekly Standard:
Here Is the Column That Business Insider Spiked
Mary Ellen Klas / miamiherald:
Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How ‘blind’ is his blind trust?